...most running Windows XP or some other top-heavy OS never specifically designed for a tablet computer. And? Flop. Turd splat. Zero.
But in less than ONE YEAR since its introduction last January, the iPad took 95% of the market. Not a bad place to start.
And you can throw all the Microsoft, RIM, and Android tablets at it you want and it won't make a damned dent. Because once again, those tablets are running an OS NEVER DESIGNED for the tablet form, never mind the no-man's-land 7" form they're all adopting in a foolish, anti-iPad strategy. People. Will. Hate them.
As an analogy, after watching big screen television, why would I want to buy a small television set.
Likewise, the 9" iPad seems perfect size, but even if it isn't, why would I buy a smaller tablet to read a book, surf the net, or watch a movie.
I can't imagine anyone making a slightly larger tablet (too expensive, and probably not acceptable for marketing) but business paper size (with case) at 11 x 8 inches would fit nicely into one's stack of papers going into a meeting and would add minimal bulk elsewhere.
Some folks have talked about women wanting a smaller tablet for their purses; that ain't gonna happen; no tablet will fit well into a purse; that's why they have smart phones. Professional women have briefcases, etc., for tablets; they don't put professional papers, accessories into their purses.
Well, as an analogy... I have al large screen TV, and I also have a smaller screen TV. The large one is great where / when appropriate, and the same in regards to the smaller one.
A "smaller tablet to read a book on"... You mean a tablet screen that is the exact same size as the average paperback book on the market today, as well as the average school text book?
Finally, one last word... "Palming". Once you have a device that can be gripped in the palm of your hand while manipulating the screen with the other; or palming it with your arm hanging down at you side even while you are walking down your warehouse inventory isles; or holding it face-out for someone to sign their name on while you are holding their delivery package in the other hand.
And finally, finally: Why the hell did Apple make an 11" MacBook Air?? Who in the hell would buy an 11" if they can buy a 13"? (hint: all the people who want an 11")